Webinar: The Age of Individualization

Increasingly, retailers are focusing on individualization to meet and exceed the expectations of the always-on, omnichannel consumer.  But individualization’s true innovators are using identity resolution technologies as the foundation of their customer engagement strategies, including paid media. This webinar will deliver actionable steps to progress your retail brand’s marketing efforts from segmentation to individualization. Learn …

It’s Identity’s Big Moment, But Most Martech Still Comes Up Small

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in MarTech Today. Have you noticed anything different about the LUMAscape lately? Recently, the imposing cluster of logos representing the marketing technology landscape grew a little denser. Nestled under the data management platform (DMP) category, and to the right of the increasingly hyped customer data platform (CDP) grouping, …

Swift Shifts in Marketing Spend Aren’t Enough to Stem the Amazonian Tide

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Marketing Land. After decades of trying to fill a brand’s proverbial leaky bucket — continually flooding it with acquisition dollars instead of plugging the holes with retention spend — marketers are finally turning the tide. According to a recent Gartner survey of CMOs, marketing leaders are now …

Introducing the Signalite Social Spotlight

Identity is what makes us unique. You can’t begin to know someone until you recognize them for who they truly are — insight that comes with time, and grows with each interaction. To that effect, Signal is introducing the Signalite Social Spotlight, a project to recognize our incredible colleagues for what makes them so special …

Customer Data Is the Secret to Silicon Valley’s Success

Note: A version of this post originally appeared in Forbes.  Scott Galloway’s new book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, does a wonderful job articulating what makes each of these companies so uniquely successful. I’d suggest, however, that the key to their success can be located in their singular competitive advantage: customer data. …

3 Foolproof Tricks to Identify Your Customers This Halloween

Every day is Halloween for brands who can’t recognize their customers. Failing to identify customers across devices and channels is like failing to identify Halloween revelers obscured behind masks and makeup. If you don’t know who you’re engaging, you have no context for interaction, and the conversation inevitably takes a frightful turn. But every day …

3 Tactics for Brand Survival in the Age of the Customer

We are all living in what Forrester Research famously proclaimed “The Age of the Customer.” But some brands are living better than others — for that matter, many are just barely hanging on. The Age of the Customer heralds a decisive, disruptive shift in the balance of marketplace power. Consumers now control relationships with brands, not …

Intimacy Issues Are Tearing the Heart Out of Your Customer Relationship

Note: A version of this post originally appeared on The Future CMO Club website. Want to think less like a marketer and more like your customers? Put yourself in their shoes. One terrific way to know someone better is playing the Never Have I Ever Game. You’ll quickly find there are experiences that most all of …

How Stop-and-Go Onboarding Goes Off the Rails

Note: This post originally appeared on The Drum. Given the breakneck speed at which new engagement channels emerge and the dubious incentives that drive manufactured scale and reach, it’s no wonder that the ad tech world is notorious for over-promising and under-delivering. The latest example of waving the “Mission Accomplished” banner too soon is happening …

Holiday 2017: How Brands Can Get Personal with Ad Strategy

Personalization has frequently been cited as a top priority for retailers in 2017. But in a just-published whitepaper, research firm RSR calls individualization one of two key marketing strategies retailers must adopt to win the upcoming holiday shopping season. Individualization — essentially Personalization 2.0 — is based on robust individual shopper profiles plus dynamic, real-time …